1Moses gathered together the whole Israelite community and said to them: These are the things that the Lord has commanded you to do:
Instructions for the Sabbath
2Do your work for six days, but the seventh day should be holy to you, a Sabbath of complete rest for the Lord. Whoever does any work on the Sabbath will be put to death. 3Don’t start a fire in any of your homes on the Sabbath day.
Preparing to build the dwelling
4Moses said to the whole Israelite community, This is what the Lord has commanded: 5Collect gift offerings for the Lord from all of you. Whoever freely wants to give should bring the Lord’s gift offerings: gold, silver, and copper; 6blue, purple, and deep red yarns; fine linen; goats’ hair; 7rams’ skins dyed red; beaded leather;#Or dolphin skins acacia wood; 8the oil for the light; spices for the anointing oil and for the sweet-smelling incense; 9gemstones; and gems for setting in the priest’s vest#Heb ephod and in the priest’s chest pendant.
10All of you who are skilled in crafts should come forward and make everything that the Lord has commanded: 11the dwelling, its tent and its covering, its clasps, its boards, its bars, its posts, and its bases, 12the chest with its poles and its cover, the veil for a screen, 13the table with its poles and all its equipment, the bread of the presence, 14the lampstand for light with its equipment and its lamps, the oil for the light, 15the incense altar with its poles, the anointing oil and the sweet-smelling incense, the entrance screen for the dwelling’s entrance, 16the altar for entirely burned offerings with its copper grate, its poles, and all its equipment, the washbasin with its stand, 17the courtyard’s drapes, its posts, and its bases, and the screen for the courtyard gate, 18the dwelling’s tent pegs and the courtyard’s tent pegs, and their cords, 19the woven clothing for ministering in the sanctuary, and the holy clothes for Aaron the priest and his sons for their service as priests.
Gifts for building the dwelling
20The whole Israelite community left Moses. 21Everyone who was excited and eager to participate brought the Lord’s gift offerings to be used for building the meeting tent and all its furnishings and for the holy clothes. 22Both men and women came forward. Everyone who was eager to participate brought pins, earrings, rings, and necklaces, all sorts of gold objects. Everyone raised an uplifted offering of gold to the Lord. 23And everyone who had blue or purple or deep red yarn or fine linen or goats’ hair or rams’ skins dyed red or beaded leather brought them. 24Everyone who could make a gift offering of silver or copper brought it as the Lord’s gift offering. Everyone who had acacia wood that could be used in any kind of building work brought it. 25All the skilled women spun cloth with their hands, and brought what they had spun in blue and purple and deep red yarns and fine linen. 26All the women who were eager to use their skill spun the goats’ hair. 27The chiefs brought gemstones and gems to be set in the priest’s vest and the chest pendant, 28spices and oil for light and for the anointing oil, and for the sweet-smelling incense. 29All the Israelite men and women who were eager to contribute something for the work that the Lord had commanded Moses to do brought it as a spontaneous gift to the Lord.
Moses introduces Bezalel and Oholiab
30Then Moses said to the Israelites: “Look, the Lord has chosen Bezalel, Uri’s son and Hur’s grandson from the tribe of Judah. 31The Lord has filled him with the divine spirit that will give him skill, ability, and knowledge for every kind of work. 32He will be able to create designs, do metalwork in gold, silver, and copper, 33cut stones for setting, carve wood, do every kind of creative work, 34and have the ability to teach others. Both he and Oholiab, Ahisamach’s son from the tribe of Dan, 35have been given the skill to do every kind of work done by a gem cutter or a designer or a needleworker in blue, purple, and deep red yarns and in fine linen or a weaver or anyone else doing work or creating designs.